May 13 – May 19: This Week in Nintendo News

May 13 – May 19: This Week in Nintendo News

Last week was filled with intriguing Nintendo announcements, and this week also saw lots of interesting news. Nintendo Switch News FuRyu has announced Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero for the Switch. It will be out on October 25 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet. A competitive sports game called Super Sportmatchen will be out for the Switch and PC on May 24 for the United States and Japan, and on June 1 in Europe. It will cost $14.99 and feature local four-player multiplayer for ten different sports events. Check out the announcement trailer. If you enjoyed Cat Quest, you’ll be pleased to know that Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire has been announced for the Switch, PS4, and PC.... »

Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Product provided by NIS America! Assault Spy is an interesting take on the hack-and-slash genre and focuses the story on 1 of 2 characters, Asaru – a corporate spy – or you can play as Amelia – a CIA agent. As of right now, only Asaru can be played, due to the fact is currently available on the Early Access on Steam. Due to the incomplete nature of the game, there’s only so much that can be said and done about it, so at the time of writing not everything is going to be perfect or necessarily set in stone, so do keep that in mind before reading on. Let’s start off with the most noticeable part of any game, the visuals. With Assault Spy, the visuals are somewhat of a mixed bag, as they aren’t ... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 15

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 15

Welcome to Issue 15 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip back through Nintendo history and look at some of the games that came out for Nintendo platforms this week over the years. May 6, 8, and 9 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow was the third and final entry in the series released for the Game Boy Advance, and it came out in three regions in quick succession: May 6, 2003 in North America, May 8 in Japan, and May 9 in Europe. It was praised as one of the best Castlevania games and is still viewed as one of the best today. May 7 – Mario Party 3 comes to North America. Next, what about the third and final entry of Mario Party on the... »

May 6 – May 12: This Week in Nintendo News

May 6 – May 12: This Week in Nintendo News

The start of May brought us several Nintendo announcements and updates, and this week started out strong with the long-awaited explanation of the Switch’s online service and other exciting news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo has finally unveiled the online service that will launch in September. In addition to online gameplay, it will also include cloud save data backups, the Nintendo Switch Online app, NES games with added online gameplay, and special offers. The games in the starting lineup include Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3. Twenty games will be included when the servi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 14

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 14

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week throughout Nintendo history. Which video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look. April 29 – Xenoblade Chronicles X is released in Japan. Despite its title, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the third Xenoblade game. In between was Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, which released first on April 29, 2015 in Japan. Unlike its predecessor, it had a sci-fi setting and focused on exploration and world-building over storytelling. Nevertheless, many of us are waiting for a sequel… April 30 – The Resident Evil remake comes to North America. On April 30, 2002 the GameCube remake of R... »

April 29 – May 5: This Week in Nintendo News

April 29 – May 5: This Week in Nintendo News

As we leave April behind and head into May, we’ve got plenty of new announcements, including quite a bit of Touhou news this week. Nintendo Switch News Outright Games has announced Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard for all major consoles. It will be out on July 10 for $39.99. You’ll need to lead a group of creatures called the Impa to fight enemies and save the missing monsters. Arc System Works has announced Family Cards Games SP for the Switch in Japan. It will be out on May 10 and feature the Japanese card game Daifugo. This is the latest in the Family series, which has had numerous titles on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. Nicalis is bringing the 2001 arcade shoot ’em u... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 13

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 13

People might consider 13 unlucky, but our 13th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal isn’t! Let’s take a look back through this week in history to see which Nintendo games came out on these days. April 22 – The World Ends With You comes to North America. On April 22, 2008, an unusual Nintendo DS JRPG developed by Square Enix and Jupiter came to North America: The World Ends With You. (We also celebrate its Australian release this week, on April 24.) Set in an alternate dimension Shibuya and featuring an action combat system that made use of both screens, it won over a lot of fans. And after years of silence, now we can look forward to a new release on the Switch… April 23... »

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Wulverblade (Review)

Wulverblade (Review)

After our interview with Fully Illustrated about Wulverblade for the Switch, we received a review code so that we could dive into this bloody side-scrolling beat ’em up and see just how brutal it is. Set in Roman Britain at around 120 AD, Wulverblade follows three warriors attempting to drive out the Roman forces and their allies. While the story mainly follows Caradoc, the most balanced character, you can also choose to play as his brother Brennus (higher power and lower speed) or his sister Guinevere (higher speed and lower power). Two people can also play together in co-op mode. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon find yourself hacking through enemies in a bloodbath that includes... »

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Review)

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Review)

After our interview with Neckbolt about Yono and the Celestial Elephants, we received a review code so we could experience Yono’s adventure. Elephants are the legendary protectors of the world, and when a young elephant named Yono arrives, he begins a journey across the land to see how he can help people the way a mighty elephant should. The story is fairly basic. You visit each of the game’s towns and solve problems for the people there, while learning more about the Humans, Bonewights, and Mekani that live in the world. It’s made more entertaining by the interesting and often amusing characters you meet in each place. Yono and the Celestial Elephants has a lot of dialogue... »

Quest of Dungeons (Review)

Quest of Dungeons (Review)

After our interview about Quest of Dungeons, Upfall Studios sent us a review code for the Switch version so we could delve into the depths of its dungeons for ourselves. Quest of Dungeons is a turn-based dungeon crawler, although it does not make use of a menu the way many turn-based RPGs do. Instead, each action you take uses up a turn, whether it’s moving step by step through the dungeon or attacking enemies. This is a fun system that lets you fight quickly while still taking time to think through your actions. You pick your class at the start of the game, and that will determine the types of basic attack you can use. As you explore and defeat enemies, you’ll often find skill b... »

36 Fragments of Midnight (Review)

36 Fragments of Midnight (Review)

36 Fragments of Midnight is a procedurally generated 2D platformer. You play a white glowing square named Midnight, and the game begins with your shadowy friends asking you to find their 36 lost Star Fragments. The game has a pleasant aesthetic design, with black platforms and obstacles against a blue nighttime background. The 36 fragments are scattered throughout the single level the game takes place in. It’s a somewhat large level, with no map to guide you, and it is procedurally generated every time. Your goal is to gather all 36 fragments without dying and then return to the place you started to deliver them. The controls are quite simple. Midnight can jump and double jump, and you... »

League of Evil (Review)

League of Evil (Review)

League of Evil is a 2D platformer designed for quick gameplay sessions. While some platformers feature large stages to explore, League of Evil opts instead to feature a multitude of tiny levels. Each can be completed within seconds, and the game ranks you at the end of each level based on your completion time. However, they’re often quite challenging, which forces you to try repeatedly before you can finally reach the end. With 140 levels to play through, League of Evil provides plenty of content despite its quick levels. The game’s premise is simple. Rather than a lengthy introduction, you’re simply told you need to defeat nefarious scientists and placed into the levels to... »

Phantom Trigger (Review)

Phantom Trigger (Review)

After our interview about Phantom Trigger and its Nintendo Switch release, tinyBuild games sent us a review code so we could dive into this “hardcore neon slasher” and see what it’s all about. Phantom Trigger is a hack-and-slash game focused on exploring dungeons and defeating difficult enemies, and there’s more to this game than is first apparent. In Phantom Trigger, you wield three different weapons, each of which is controlled by one of the Switch’s face buttons. The fourth face button lets you dash to evade attacks or quickly move across the map. Each of the three weapons has strengths and weaknesses, as well as its own neon color used for certain color-base... »

Snake Pass (Review)

Snake Pass (Review)

With its bright, colorful graphics, upbeat soundtrack composed by David Wise, and cartoonish animal protagonists, Sumo Digital’s Snake Pass immediately calls to mind classic 3D platformers. However, while Snake Pass is a puzzle platform game, its gameplay is quite different from most entries in the genre because the main character can’t jump. The game stars a snake named Noodle and his hummingbird friend Doodle. They’re on a quest to save their home, although a bare minimum of story details are given to send the duo on their quest. Doodle can give Noodle a tiny boost, but for the most part, you’ll be slithering and winding your way through various obstacles and hazard... »

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

Wulverblade is a side scrolling beat-em-up coming soon for the Nintendo Switch, set in ancient Roman Britain. After watching the trailer for Wulverblade, we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Many games opt for a medieval setting, so it’s interesting to see a game like Wulverblade choose 120 AD for its setting. What inspired you to pick this historical setting and premise? Britain’s history goes back many thousands of years yet we rarely see or hear much about the times before Rome had settled here. Our ancient history has always been of interest to me and visiting stone circles and old Roman ruins had always ignited my imagination.  There are so many incredible t... »

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

When Nintendo showed off the upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch, we were captivated by the adorable elephant game called Yono and the Celestial Elephants. We got in touch with Niklas Hallin from Neckbolt to learn more about this game. What inspired you to create Yono and the Celestial Elephants? I have a very specific genre of games that I like, and that I have been analyzing since I was a kid. Over the years I have developed a method for thinking about puzzle design, and it was never really a question what kind of games I would be making. The issue was whether or not I had the skills to do it. After several game projects, some of which have been released, I finally felt that I had... »

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

Another game that caught our eye from the upcoming Switch indies was Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure based on the culture of the Tarahumara people. After the Nindies showcase, we got in touch with the developers to learn a little more about Mulaka and what we can expect when it launches in 2018. The description for Mulaka mentions hand-to-hand combat, platforming, and puzzle-solving. How would you describe the core gameplay? What would you compare it to? Mulaka’s gameplay is being designed in a way that appeals to the biggest audience we can because we believe that the stories we’re telling deserve to be heard by many people. The game plays as a 3D action game with equal emphasis o... »

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

One of the most intriguing upcoming Switch games shown at the recent Nindies showcase was Earth Atlantis, a side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex set in an underwater world. After seeing the trailer, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about the game and spoke with Anucha Aribarg, the director and designer of Earth Atlantis. Earth Atlantis is a side-scrolling shooter that combines arcade-style shooting with “Metroidvania” exploration elements, along with a focus on defeating large enemies in an underwater world. That’s an interesting combination. What were your greatest inspirations for the premise and gameplay? We really like side-scrolling shmups. We played all the classic ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

During the Nindies showcase, we were intrigued by the entertaining concept of Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios. After the presentation, we got in touch with Trinket Studios to learn more about Battle Chef Brigade and its Switch release. Orcs, elves, and humans hunting for ingredients and then showing off their cooking prowess in a sort of fantasy Iron Chef? There must be a story there. What inspired you for the premise of Battle Chef Brigade? We spent quite a long time brainstorming ideas and really struggled to come up with anything that excited us. After one particularly fruitless morning brainstorming session, we started making lunch and turned on the Food Network. We immediately ... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

A new indie game has made the Switch one of its primary goals of its Kickstarter campaign, a co-op action platformer called The Seashore from Boomerang Games. We recently got in touch with Boomerang Games to learn a little more about this upcoming game. According to your Kickstarter page, you specifically chose the Switch as a platform for The Seashore because of all the different ways the Switch can handle multiplayer. What do you see as the Switch’s biggest advantage for The Seashore? It goes way back to childhood when my friends and I just adored video games! We played in such hits as Megaman X, Super Castlevania IV, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Warioland, etc. We have done it e... »

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

On August 2, Upfall Studios announced that the turn-based dungeon crawler Quest of Dungeons would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version came out in Japan on August 10, and it will be released in other regions in the near future. We got in touch with Upfall Studios to speak with David Amador about Quest of Dungeons and learn more about the Switch version’s new content. Quest of Dungeons was released for many systems previously, including the 3DS and Wii U. Was a Switch version something you had in mind from the moment the console was announced? The Switch was announced around 20 days after the release of Quest of Dungeons on Wii U/3DS, the fact that it was both portable a... »

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